‘Sometimes There Are No Words’: Uvalde Newspaper Goes Viral With Heartbreaking Post-Massacre Front Page
The front page of the local newspaper is seen in the media area outside the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on May 26, 2022. - Grief at the massacre of 19 children at the elementary school in Texas spilled into confrontation on May 25, as angry questions mounted over gun control -- and whether this latest tragedy could have been prevented. The tight-knit Latino community of Uvalde on May 24 became the site of the worst school shooting in a decade, committed by a disturbed 18-year-old armed with a legally bought assault rifle. (Photo by allison dinner / AFP) (Photo by ALLISON DINNER/AFP via Getty Images)

The Uvalde Leader-News — the print news outlet that serves the community of Uvalde, Texas — went viral for its heartbreaking front page on Thursday, less than 48 hours after their community was rocked by a tragic shooting at Robb Elementary School.

The shooting took place on Tuesday afternoon when a clearly-disturbed 18-year-old first shot his own grandmother and then entered the school, barricading himself inside a classroom where he proceeded to kill at least 19 elementary school students and two adults. The shooter was later killed when border patrol agents entered the school while he was engaged with local law enforcement.

The front page of Wednesday’s paper summed up what everyone in the community was feeling, just hours later, when it went to print as a solid black page marked only by the date — May 24, 2022 — in white block letters.

News anchor Mitchell McCoy explained, “The front page of today’s newspaper in #Uvalde. Sometimes there are no words.”

“Front page of the newspaper in Uvalde. No headline. No pictures,” Fox4 reporter Steven Dial shared the image as well.

News anchor Steve McCarron said simply: “Powerful image.”

Another called it “the most appropriate front page of all time.”

“The front page of the Uvalde Leader-News today. No headline, completely blacked out, other than the date of the mass shooting. Powerful,” Fox News reporter Bill Melugin agreed.

“‘CITY’S SOUL CRUSHED’ | The front page of the #Uvalde Leader-News paints a very clear picture of a community in mourning. An entire page completely blacked out. An article on the back tells the awful story of what happened Tuesday,” KHOU reporter Janelle Bludau tweeted.

“Sums up everything with no words,” Press of Atlantic City’s news and digital editor Nicholas Huba added.

Univision Noticias national correspondent Nidia Cavazos showed the images side by side — the solid black of the front page alongside the images of devastated community, broken by grief, pain, and loss that covered the pages that followed.

“There is so much pain, among so many. A town marked by profound grieving and profound disbelief,” MSNBC’s Jose Diaz-Balart remarked, holding up a copy of the Uvalde Leader-News front page to open his Thursday morning coverage on-location.

Diaz-Balart reported from the scene on Wednesday evening, telling “Deadline: White House” host Nicolle Wallace, “I think that they are clinging to whatever they can to continue. Paso a paso. Step by step. Breath by breath to cross the insurmountable.”

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